I have been so hungry for spring to get here. It’s been really, really late in coming. Thank goodness for the three inside pavilions with; orchids, roses and forced tulips. The park was full of adorable little crocuses. I read somewhere that they’d put out 10,000 forced tulips along the walkways. I don’t feel like the visit was a waste at all because the grounds are stunning on their own.
This was a great chance to really try and get to know our new full-frame camera. There are so many buttons I did have some struggles with trying to get it to do exactly what I wanted.
I’ve updated this gallery with some newer colorful flower pictures.
As you can see I’ve updated my site with a new theme. I’ll be refining it over the next two weeks. I’ve changed the Quirky gallery to include some shots of a bunch of cut flowers.
I was notified by my host provider that someone had installed malicious software — probably via a WordPress script. So I’ve rolled the site back to the end of March backup.
Drupal had been on my list for awhile to fiddle with. It was quite easy to install locally and mess with but when I got to the headache of permissions I just deleted it.
I didn’t realize how much new equipment we’d accumulated over the course of the last year until I started to pack for this. The previous year I’d only taken the 50mm & the 100mm primes…now I had more lenses to choose from AND another camera, lol. I started with the 100mm screwed onto the 40D and was surprised how poorly it focused…usually taking a step back remedied the problem…
yes, this has been photoshopped
What used to be my favorite lens, because I knew it so well — the 50mm I didn’t keep on the camera very long. I switched to my micro four-thirds for a bit and really enjoyed being able to put the focus anywhere on the screen;
I headed to some of my favorite places — with bleeding hearts and black eyed susans. There is always something to see at the park no matter when you visit during the 8 weeks or so that it is open during the year. I had caught the tail end of the daffodils and the start of the tulips. Indoors there were orchids and gerberas;
I also carted along the 70-200mm monster of a heavy lens — one I seemed to using a lot lately and found it a total joy to use! The focus came so easily and I could shoot exactly what I wanted;
last year’s report
Wow! I took that? It doesn’t take long to become inured to the beauty of flowers when shooting at the spring tulip gardens. This is just one of 500 shots I took that day. I’d forgotten it. But when reviewing the pictures yesterday, this one blew me away.